About the author

Louise Mangos grew up in rural north Hertfordshire, England. Her passion for writing was prompted by winning a poetry competition at the age of eleven and subsequently seeing her work published in the local newspaper. Her determination to see the world led her to set aside her artistic desires on leaving school, to obtain a Diploma in Business Communications, before embarking on a series of global travels during which she never stopped writing. She returned to art to study several foundation courses in Switzerland, then later journalism and creative writing at the University of Colorado in Boulder in her mid-twenties. Following a series of creative and novel writing workshops, the ambition to publish a full-length work of fiction was hatched.

Her first novel, the psychological thriller Strangers on a Bridge, was shortlisted in the Flash 500 Opening Chapter Competition in 2015, finalist in the 2016 Exeter Novel prize, and long listed in the Bath Novel Award 2017. The novel will be published in August 2018 with HQ Digital, an imprint of Harper Collins.

'While running near her home in Switzerland, English-born Alice stops a man jumping from a notorious suicide bridge. He mistakes Alice’s euphoric relief as budding affection, and he begins to stalk her.'

Louise is currently editing her second thriller entitled Palette of Lies, about a young woman in Switzerland's only all-female prison who has been convicted of murder, but must uncover a corruption to prove her innocence and prevent the abduction of her six-year-old son. Her next project is another psychological suspense entitled The Edge of Obsession

You can read or listen to some of her work via the following links by clicking on the titles:

Two Hundred Years Ago We Would Have Been Dead By Now long listed Reflex Fiction, November 2017

Breakfast in Bed published Reflex Fiction, October 2017

Will You Offer Me Your Hunger? published Unbroken Journal, October 2017

Heavyweight Dreams shortlisted, Casket of Fictional Delights flash competition Sept 2017 (audio pod cast, 3rd story)

If You Go Down to the Woods Today published Brilliant Flash Fiction, September 2017 (scroll to 8th story)

Aysha's Secret shortlisted in the Brilliant Flash Fiction 'concealment' theme competition, September 2017 (scroll to 5th story)

The Weight of Water long listed Reflex Fiction, September 2017

Enchanted Cabin published in Issue 11 of Firefly (page 32), August 2017

Barbara's Salon
published Spelk Fiction, August 2017

Criteria for Cocktail Hour on a Tropical Atoll
 published Ellipsis Zine, August 2017

Dinnertime in Delhi
, published Flash Flood for National Flash Fiction Day, June 2017

Harry's Hope, community winner Microcosms issue 75, June 2017

Blind Love, winner Flash Bang crime flash fiction competition, May 2017  

Footprints in the Snow, published LossLit Flash Fiction web platform, May 2017

The Last Kiss, Ad Hoc Flash Fiction winner, March 2017

SuspensionCommunity winner and judges pick, Microcosms 42, October 2016

Close Encounter, shortlisted, Tarbert Book Festival Writing Competition, August 2016

Heat, Ad Hoc Flash Fiction winner, February 2016 

Take Me Drunk I'm HomeFlash Flood for National Flash Fiction Day, June 2016

An Icy End , published Spelk Flash Fiction platform, April 2016

Lady in Red, winner Retreat West Flash Fiction Competition, March 2016

New Bike, Ad Hoc Flash Fiction winner, October 2015

Summer of '76, 2nd prize Erewash Writers Short Story Competition & broadcast on BBC 3 Counties Radio, autumn 2015

In other achievements, she was long listed for the Margery Allingham crime short story competition in spring 2017, placed 2nd in the Writers & Artists short story competition, shortlisted in the Bridport flash prize, the Erewash Writers Short Story and the Flash500 quarterly flash fiction competitions. Earlier in the year she was long listed in Bath Flash Fiction's inaugural Novella-in-flash award and the Fish flash competition. Last year she won the NWC Worldwide Flash Fiction competition, was long listed for the Fish and Colm Toibin short story, Ink Tears and Flash500 flash fiction competitions, was highly commended for her short story in the Manchester Fiction Prize, and was a notable contender for the Bristol short story prize. Her short story 'My Sister's Island' was published in the Nivalis 2016 anthologyand in 2017 her flash fiction 'Sainsbury Sorrow' was published in the Ellipsis Zine 'One' anthology, another flash piece 'Half Way to Guayaquil On The Roof of a Steam Train I Fall in Love' was published in the Firewords 9 anthology, her shortlisted flash 'Matchmaker' was published in the Hysteria 6 Anthology, and her flash piece 'Saturation Point' was published in the Flash Fiction Festival One anthology.

Please feel free to visit the following pages, where you can see some of her art, and her blog about her journey to publication.

Louise lives in central Switzerland with her Kiwi husband and two sons where she enjoys an active life in the mountains.